This week, Nan (Letters From a Hill Farm) wrote a lovely post inspired by the pleasant sound of a song sparrow outside her window. I share her love of birds and birdsong, but have a slightly different sound outside my window this summer.
The greenbelt, behind and to the side of our place, is home for owls, bats, flickers, robins, wrens, sparrows, chickadees, and hummingbirds (to name a few!). So, of course, I’m very fond of birdsong. However, this summer, the crows have nested very close by (sounds like they’re in the tall trees right next to our deck), and are raising some very noisy crow babies! And what loud, demanding, raucous little babies they are! B and I feel so sorry for those poor haggard crow parents, going non-stop all day to feed these bottomless pits. The babies should be fledglings soon–they sound enormous now. But back and forth those parent go, all day long from early morning until dusk.
I’ve actually enjoyed keeping tabs on these greenbelt neighbors, but the crows have either drowned out the sound of the smaller songbirds or scared many of them away. It’s just not the song-filled summer of other years! Hopefully, next year the crows will choose a tree a little further away from our place, and the sweet songbirds will spend more time perched outside my window.